A few weeks ago I signed up for the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge
, which started today; a few days behind schedule due to technical difficulties.
The purpose of this, obviously, is to try and make Advancing...
a bit more of a serious blog. I still fully intend (no really) to get myself a Proper Blog at a domain (currently thinking of thestorytellingape dot com), which will still feed into this LJ and keep readers that don't approve of this LJ milarkey, but I need to design the layout, register the domain, &c &c and I have better things to do right now.
So I'm concentrating instead on improving Advancing...
in ways that don't actually involve changing content - I'm quite happy with the content I generate, thank you very much, and want to focus on improving presentation rather than restricting my form of output. Sadly what this does mean is the days are numbered for my awesome userinfo. All good things &c.
Anyway, day one of the challenge
is to pen an "Elevator Pitch":
an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, thirty seconds or 100-150 words)
. This is sort of challenging when the blog is as personal and eclectic as this one, but I knocked the following together this morning, based on the equal importance I put on fictional portrayals and the way the media spins everything:
Humans understand the world through stories. We explain what we see and experience to ourselves and to others by incorporating it all into stories. Whether they're stories masquerading as facts or opinions hidden within stories, understanding the way they're told and why they're told that way is a step towards better understanding of the world.
Advancing the Sum Total of Human Knowledge and Endeavour catalogues one woman's attempt to understand the world by understanding the stories that are told, by journalists, politicians, scientists, and, occasionally writers of official 'fiction'.
*pokes at it* what do you guys think?